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Clark Lake

St. Louis County - Minnesota
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Frequently Asked Questions About Clark Lake, MN

How big is Clark Lake?
Clark Lake is approximately 73 sq acres (0.3 sq km) in size with 3 miles (4.0 km) of shoreline.

How deep is Clark Lake?
Clark Lake is approximately 44 feet (13.4 m) at its deepest point with an average depth of 21 feet (6.4 m).

What kind of fish can you catch in Clark Lake?
Although thery may be others but anglers can expect to find a variety of fish including Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike, Pumpkinseed, Rock Bass and Yellow Perch in Clark Lake.

Other fish species in the lake include Golden Shiner, Green Sunfish, Hybrid Sunfish and White Sucker.

Are there places to stay in the Clark Lake area?
Are you craving a weekend escape from the hustle and bustle of city life? Or maybe you're an avid angler in search of the perfect fishing spot? Look no further! Clark Lake and its surrounding area offer an abundance of options to suit your needs. If you're in need of accommodation, check out our area map which highlights some of the best places to stay. And if you're looking for even more options, head on over to our Travel section. But why settle for a traditional hotel or resort when you can take your adventure to the next level by renting a RV? The open road awaits you!
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What are the best fishing times for Clark Lake?
Today for Clark Lake, fishing looks to be moderately active with peak fishing times around 7-8 am and 3-4 pm and 7-9 pm. (view forecast graph)

For more best fishing times and fishing forecast vist our Clark Lake Fishing Forecasts section. Lake-Link Pro users can acess fishing forecasts for up to 10 days in advance and dial into species specific data.

Clark Lake area businesses:
Please check out these local businesses in the Clark Lake area:
Lake Vermilion Resort & Tourism Association
Lake Vermilion Resort & Tourism Association
Cook, MN
(218) 666-5850
about 13 miles away

Are there places to eat and drink near Clark Lake?
Yes, you can find numerous options in the area. Click the button below to see what's nearby.

History & Status of the Fishery

Clark Lake is located approximately 12 miles NW of Ely and is entirely within the BWCAW. It has a surface area of 66 acres and a maximum depth of 41 feet. It has the best water clarity of the nearby lakes with a secchi disc reading of 12 feet. Most of the shoreline is slightly steep with pine covered hills and coarse soils. A larger bog area with black spruce is present surrounding the outet to Crab Lake.

Access is by portage from Crab Lake (140 rods), Meat Lake (48 rods) or Glimmer Lake (30 rods). There is one designated USFS campsite located on the lake.

Northern pike numbers in 2013 (11.7/gill net) were higher than average when compared to other area pike lakes in this class. The average pike sampled was 23.2 inches long and about 4 to 5 years old. The largest pike sampled was 36.7 inches long. Anglers should consider releasing pike over 24" on Clark Lake to help maintain the size quality of the pike fishery. Lakes with a high proportion of large pike are uncommon in this area as the lakes tend to be low in productivity. Pike in these lakes are slow growing, so even light harvest can remove most of the largest individuals from a population, and it takes a long time to replace them.

Largemouth bass numbers in 2013 (2.3/gill net) were higher than average when compared to other area largemouth lakes in this class. The average largemouth sampled was 9.3 inches long and about 5 years old. The largest bass sampled was 15.0 inches long.

Clark Lake had the most fish species diversity of the nearby smaller lakes. Several species of panfish including bluegill, pumpkinseed, green sunfish and hybrid sunfish were sampled. White sucker and golden shiner were also sampled. Yellow perch remains were observed in pike stomach samples.

What is the average air temp for Clark Lake?
Looking forward to your next adventure at Clark Lake? Don't forget to plan ahead! Weather can be unpredictable, but we've got you covered. On average, air temperatures during this time of year range from a high around 66°F (19°C) to a low around 43°F (6°C). Of course, these are just historical averages, so be prepared for anything Mother Nature throws your way. For the most up-to-date weather information, be sure to check out our Weather Bar located at the top of this page.

Are there any state parks near Clark Lake?
Enjoy more of the outdoors with a visit to an area state park. There are 2 state parks in the vacinity of Clark Lake.

For more Minnesota State Park information see our State Park Guide.

More Nearby Lakes To Explore
There's more lake's to explore around Clark Lake...
Glimmer Lake 0.4 mi 17 7 ft
Meat Lake 0.6 mi 14 24 ft
Sprite Lake 1.1 mi 12 16 ft
Saca Lake 1.1 mi 77 18 ft
Battle Lake 1.3 mi 76 24 ft
Hassel Lake 1.4 mi 86 8 ft
Phantom Lake 1.6 mi 47 10 ft
Coo Lake 1.8 mi 19 25 ft
Crab Lake 2.0 mi 420 57 ft
Foss Lake 2.1 mi 36 6 ft
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